Encouraging evil geniuses

I’ve noted more than once here that the rule of law is dead in America.  We have, instead, a nation that applies rules based on the status of the accused (for instance: a special prosecutor has been appointed to look into Trump’s dealings with Russia.  Where’s the one for Her Hillariness?)

The problem, it seems, is not limited to America:

An Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend with a bread knife may not go to jail because it could damage her prospects of a medical career, a court has heard…

Judge Ian Pringle QC, sitting at Oxford crown court, said he would take an “exceptional” course and defer sentence for four months, hinting that Woodward will not be jailed because of her talent. “It seems to me that if this was a one-off, a complete one-off, to prevent this extraordinary able young lady from not following her long-held desire to enter the profession she wishes to would be a sentence which would be too severe,” he said.

Lots of people make “one-off” mistakes with life-changing ramifications.  If Western Civilization is now accepting that one may engage in violence with impunity because one might be talented, then we’re a short hop away from barbarism.  Every evil regime you can think of had talented people in vital positions, or they wouldn’t have functioned.  Does the persuasive genius of Herr Goebbels “mitigate” the fact he helped put Germany under Hitler’s spell?  Does Charles Manson’s unusual charisma mitigate the fact he and his followers went on a killing spree?  Are we now saying that medical, computer and engineering skills are so in demand that talent in these areas amounts to a “get out of jail” card?

And they say white males have privilege…